In a future where people stop ageing at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage – a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.
This is a wonderful piece of high concept sci-fi. Where time is literally money – and only one man can bring down the corrupt system. It is a beautifully realised world – everything from the practicalities of paying for coffee with time, to the economic forces driving society. I especially liked the 99 minute stores littering the ghetto.
It is, basically, an excuse to put a load of attractive 25 year-olds onto screen to pout and preen in skintight clothes. There is far too much exposition – characters practically turn to camera and laboriously explain the way the world works. It tries to cram so much in that possibly should have been a miniseries.
There isn’t quite enough budget to do the concept justice. But I dare say throwing more money would have turned it into something less gritty and heartfelt. It pretends to be an action movie – but it is so much more than that.
It is an excellent slice of sci-fi which, ironically, would have benefited from a lot more time on screen.